• published Pregame the Holidays Party in Harvardwood Heads To... 2017-10-10 19:09:13 -0700

    Pregame the Holidays Party

    Join Harvardwood & friends for the 6th installment of the Pre-Game the Holidays Party! Mix, mingle, and make friends from:

    • CalArts
    • Columbia College Chicago
    • HollyWU (Washington University in Saint Louis)
    • Vanderbilt-in-Hollywood
    • USC TEN

    We fully expect to hit capacity... so get there early if you want in!

    And since it went so well last year, and it's almost the holidays and the need for food assistance in our area is up by over 85%, we're collecting donations and food for the Westside Food Bank.

    The following are the types of food we like to receive: (no glass please, except for baby food.) Please make sure that all food donated has not been opened if it is not individually wrapped, and that the inner packaging is still intact. Please, no expired food.

    Cans of:

    • Tuna, Vegetables, and Soup
    • Fruits and Fruit Juices
    • Pork & Beans
    • Stews & Other Meats

    Packaged Foods:

    • Pasta, Lentils, Pinto and other beans.
    • Macaroni & Cheese & Packaged Dinners
    • Instant Soups
    • Hot and Cold Cereals
    • Peanut Butter & other Nut Butters
    • Nutritional Bars: protein, granola, energy or breakfast bars

    Please consider collecting the following items:

    • Infant formula
    • Jar foods – all flavors and stages
    • Crackers, teething biscuits, and cookies
    • Raisins & fruit snacks
    • Juices: jars, cans, pouches and boxes
    • Infant and children’s cereals
    November 17, 2017 at 7pm
    Cat & Fiddle
    742 N Highland Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90038
    United States
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  • rsvped for "Town Hall" with the Harvardwood Board 2017-10-07 22:42:54 -0700

    "Town Hall" with the Harvardwood Board

    Here is your chance to meet the Harvardwood Board and fellow members/friends to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions about the Harvardwood community. Our dedicated Board members—who are all volunteers giving their time to help run Harvardwood's programs and events—are eager to hear directly from YOU, our community members, in this "town hall" meeting format.


    All Harvardwood members & subscribers are welcome! Just RSVP below so that we know how many folks are coming. Thanks so much, and we are very excited to see you all in person.

    October 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
    Los Angeles Film School
    6363 Sunset Blvd
    Room 621
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    United States
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  • published IVY Entertainment Summit & Awards in Upcoming Events 2017-10-07 13:22:21 -0700

    IVY Entertainment Summit & Awards

    You are invited to the first ever IVY Entertainment Summit and Awards, an exclusive experience and AFI. Learn how to sell your story, create your winning team with an agent or manager, fund and produce your project, and get the edge with distribution and marketing. The event will feature a power networking reception FREE for All Access Pass Holders. Featured speakers include Aisha Tyler (GHOST WHISPERER, CRIMINAL MINDS, "Archer"), Jewerl Ross (rep for Barry Jenkins, 2017 Best Picture Oscar Winner Moonlight Writer & Director), Gavin Dorman (Vertigo Entertainment / THE LEGO MOVIE), and Kohei Obara (Disney). Variety and the Hollywood Reporter will be invited. Additional speakers will be listed here as they confirm so check back frequently.

    9am - 9:30am - Arrival & Networking
    9:30am - 11am - How to Sell Your Story
    11am - 11:30am - Break
    11:30am - 12:30pm - A Conversation with Visionary Rep Behind 2017 Oscar Winner Moonlight / Mentoring Roundtable
    12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch
    1:30pm - 3:00pm - A Conversation with Aisha Tyler of "Criminal Minds" and "Archer" / Blair Tindall Mentoring Rountable
    3:00pm - 3:30pm - Snack
    3:30pm - 5:00pm - Digital Distribution: How Streaming Services Impact Content / Aisha Tyler Mentoring Roundtable
    5:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking Reception
    October 28, 2017 at 9am
    2021 N Western Ave
    Mark Goodson Theater
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    United States
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    $150.00 USD · rsvp

  • Exclusive Q&A with RYAN HALPRIN (Lin Pictures)

    By Emily Zauzmer AB '18

    halprin.jpgRyan Halprin AB ’12 serves as a Vice President at Lin Pictures, where his responsibilities include co-producing the LEGO movies and developing live action features. A neurobiology concentrator at Harvard, he found his passion in the college’s theater community as an actor turned director. He started as an intern at Lin Pictures in the summer after his junior year and rose through the ranks after college. Here, he discusses his career path, his advice for students hoping to follow in his footsteps, and his work on The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which comes out this month.

    Q. How did you go from concentrating in neurobiology at Harvard to pursuing a career in entertainment? Does your science background inform your career path at all?

    A. There’s a lot of overlap for me—the two fields get at the same big questions: why do we do what we do? Why are humans so weird? If we study behavior, can we understand it? Help people live better? What does that even mean? When I started college I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I had that curiosity, and the psychology class I took inadvertently revealed that the answers to all these questions are getting unearthed by neuroscience. I wanted in on that action. I thought I could get at the microbiology of love, or fear, even comedy. The more I dug in though, the more I found that so much of what is studied today is organisms with a few thousand brain cells, because humans have 80 billion neurons and there are a lot questions we have to answer before getting to the sexy ones. The practice of it was slow, not very creative, and seldom collaborative.

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  • published August 2017 | Yuga Cohler AB '11 in Alumni Profiles 2017-07-31 15:53:32 -0700

    August 2017 | Yuga Cohler AB '11

    Orchestra Conductor, The Great Music SeriesState of Art 

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Yuga_photo_on_bridge.jpeg“I’m already in the hot seat as a twenty-eight year old conductor, but I feel incredible joy at the insanely high level of playing and extreme responsiveness of a professional orchestra.”

    “Both my parents are professional musicians,” says Yuga Cohler AB '11. “My mother’s a violinist and my father’s a clarinetist so I took up those instruments—it didn’t go well.” Fortunately, those were minor bumps in the road for Yuga, who started studying piano and music theory at age three. By age twelve, his primary instruments were oboe and piano.

    “Shortly after starting on the oboe, I went to a music camp called Greenwood,” he says.  “That’s when I first discovered people my age who took music seriously.  It became a social thing—people I liked were also playing music, which made me like doing it more. By the time I was in my teens, I realized music was really great.” 

    Yuga was interested in many different musical genres. “I really got into Eminem, then the underground hip hop scene. Also J-pop, Top 40 and musical theater for a while. Plus I listened to tons of classical records from my dad’s collection.”

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  • Seeking 1-2 volunteers for 6/12 Global Networking Night in LA

    We're looking for volunteers to help out at the registration table alongside Harvard Club of SoCal volunteers for Global Networking Night on Monday, June 12th! The event runs from 6-9pm at the famed EP & LP Rooftop Lounge, and as usual, the LA GNN is expecting a big crowd.

    Additional event details about Global Networking Night are here. If you can help out, please contact us soon—thank you for your help and volunteer time! In addition to our gratitude, volunteers will receive 3 months of complimentary Harvardwood membership.

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  • published June 2017 | Mike Sheresky MBA '97 in Alumni Profiles 2017-05-31 12:42:20 -0700

    June 2017 | Mike Sheresky MBA '97


    Agent & Partner, United Talent Agency

    by Daniel Gale-Rosen AB '10

    It all started with Lawrence of Arabia. Michael Sheresky MBA ‘97 was lucky enough to see the re-release of the epic in 70mm at the Ziegfield movie palace, and he says that was what set him on the path to his current life, as agent and partner at United Talent Agency. Day to day, he “represents writers, directors, and producers, and helps them put their movies together.”

    Prior to watching that film, Sheresky had been thinking about a life in politics, or on Wall Street. He studied political science in his undergraduate career, though he did try his hand at making some movies. However, he says, “I didn’t think I was, frankly, talented enough. I thought I could have been proficient at it, but I didn’t think I could be great.”

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  • published Exclusive Q&A with Author KAITLIN SOLIMINE in The #HWIRE 2017-05-31 12:41:37 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A with Author KAITLIN SOLIMINE

    By D. Dona Le

    Headshot-_Solimine.JPGThis summer, award-winning writer Kaitlin Solimine AB '02 is releasing her debut novel, Empire of Glass! In addition to co-founding Hippo Reads, a/k/a the "TED Talks for readers," Kaitlin was a Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow, a Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction (Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2010), and received the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award. She concentrated in East Asian Studies at Harvard University and graduated from the UC San Diego MFA program in writing.

    Q. What sparked your interest in China and your decision to concentrate in East Asian studies at Harvard?

    A. When I was a freshman at Phillips Exeter, I requested to study Japanese but the class was full (this was in 1994 when Japan was in focus!) so the language director suggested I study Mandarin instead (ironically, less crowded). Immediately, I loved the language. My teacher, Ming Fontaine, told me about a home stay program, School Year Abroad (SYA), that had just launched in Beijing (the first high school home stay program in China!), and I jumped at the opportunity. Despite never having left the country, in 1996, I traveled with SYA to China and lived in Beijing as a teenager in my host family’s local apartment. I knew from that point onwards, I wanted to do a scholarly deep dive into Chinese history, culture, language, and more.

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  • published Issue 147 | April 2017 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2017-04-01 03:49:33 -0700

  • published April 2017 | Monica Beletsky AB '99 in Alumni Profiles 2017-04-01 03:49:00 -0700

    April 2017 | Monica Beletsky AB '99

    Writer & Producer (Fargo, Parenthood)

    By Sara Lynne Wright

    Beletsky.JPGGrowing up with an African American dad and a Jewish mom in a diverse neighborhood of Philadelphia, Monica Beletsky AB ‘99 cultivated the empathy she now uses as a TV writer to step into different characters’ points of view. “People who are different from me aren’t just an abstract idea. I was lucky to grow up in a unique neighborhood of ethnic, religious and economic diversity.”

    This multiplicity of viewpoints is reflected in the wide range of shows on which she’s been a writer-producer, including Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, The Leftovers, and Fargo

    “The decade before my parents moved to Philadelphia, Black people and Jewish people were being prohibited from getting mortgages. But there were these special twin sister realtors in my neighborhood, West Mount Airy, who found a way to get mortgages for would-be homeowners who were discriminated against.” So by the time Monica was born, her parents’ neighborhood consisted of African-Americans, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, interracial and (later) gay families who were all homeowners or renters in the same neighborhood.

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  • published Exclusive Q&A with LAUREN GREENFIELD AB '87 in The #HWIRE 2017-03-31 18:29:37 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A with Photographer & Documentarian LAUREN GREENFIELD AB '87

    By Terence O'Toole Murnin

    Greenfield.jpgOn the eve of publishing Generation Wealth, the highly anticipated book and accompanying mid-career retrospective exhibition from acclaimed photographer and documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield AB '87, Harvardwood zooms in close for the inside scoop.

    Q. What can you tell us about Generation Wealth?

    AThe book will be released on May 15, and its creation has really dominated the last eight years of my life. It’s certainly a document of our consumerism, and how we exported these values, especially after the financial crash of 2008. I traveled the world—from California, to Iceland and Dubai—and on to China where in a post-communist era, I witnessed a mad dash for wealth and luxury.

    This clash of values where everyone now desires to be a part of the aristocracy also led to gender and body issues. Girls are commodified and the “Princess Myth” has led to an acceptance of prostitution as a way to obtain money and success. Brooke Taylor and the acceptance of high-end brothels as potential career tracks are signs of a cultural shift where fame is now a value.

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  • Heading to Tribeca 2017? Share your film with Harvardwood!

    If you're involved in a film that will be screened at Tribeca this year, let us know so we can share screening info with the Harvardwood community! We're here to support our members and their endeavors in the arts, media, and entertainment—whether it's by serving as a fiscal NPO sponsor in the early stages of a project or by promoting your concerts, exhibits, or screenings via the Harvardwood Heads To... calendar.

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  • published November 2016 | Tracey Bing MBA '01 in Alumni Profiles 2016-10-31 16:55:47 -0700

    November 2016 | Tracey Bing MBA '01

    By D. Dona Le

    tracey_and_poster_1_.jpg“You have to back your instincts in the face of opposition, especially as a producer,” says Tracey Bing MBA '01. “You might be wrong sometimes, and that’s okay. But without conviction, it’s really hard to do this job.” 

    Bing’s conviction in her judgment and choices as a producer and executive has certainly paid off. Her credits include March of the Penguins, which won the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary, and most recently, Southside with You, a feature film about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. After premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Southside with You was released late this summer in the United States and garnered rave reviews from critics nationwide.

    Asked to define what exactly it means to be a producer, Bing first laughs before launching into a clear and comprehensive job description.

    “To me, producing is finding the story, working with the writer to develop that story, attaching the talent, and then finding the financing to make that movie.” She continues, “Then, overseeing that whole process from pre- to production to post-production until you deliver it to a distributor. Sometimes you get involved later on in things, but I like to be involved from the ground up.”

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  • published Exclusive Q&A with ANDY BOROWITZ AB '80 in The #HWIRE 2016-10-31 16:54:20 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A with ANDY BOROWITZ AB '80

    By Nicole Torres AB '11

    borowitz.jpgNew York Times best-selling author and comedian Andy Borowitz AB '80 has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He is the creator of satirical news column The Borowitz Report, for which he won the inaugural National Press Club award for humor. His books include The 50 Funniest American Writers and a memoir, An Unexpected Twist.

    Q. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we last profiled you for Harvardwood! Throughout your career you have worked in an impressive number of mediums spanning television, journalism, political satire, social media, stand up comedy, teacher, musician, radio host, and author.  How have you managed to transition between and work in so many different arenas?

    A. It's all been one long happy accident. Opportunities to do different things, like radio or standup, have presented themselves and I've said yes to them. It's the classic improv lesson of saying "yes, and..." to every proposition. Not everything you try will work out, but it's always interesting to try.

    Q. Of all the different mediums and work you’ve done over the years, do you have a favorite?

    A. Not really. They've all been fun at the time. I'm really enjoying the mix I have now—writing for The New Yorker, some live shows, some radio—but that mix will no doubt change in the years ahead.

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  • VIP Lunch with TV Drama Writer & Executive Producer MELINDA HSU TAYLOR

    Melinda_Hsu_Taylor_headshot_1MB.jpgMelinda Hsu Taylor is an Executive Producer on The Vampire Diaries and a proud genre geek.

    Previous credits include Lost, Falling Skies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Medium, and drama pilots for NBC and Lifetime. She is an alum of the Warner Bros. TV Drama Writers' Workshop as well as the WGA Showrunner Training Program, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Sarah Jones Film Foundation, which fosters on-set safety through awareness and accountability.


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  • VIP Lunch with TV Writer & Executive Producer SAMUEL BAUM

    baum.jpgSamuel Baum is the co-writer of the upcoming HBO Original Film The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro. Mr. Baum is currently creating and executive producing television projects for HBO under his development deal with the network.

    Previously, Mr. Baum created the Fox television drama Lie to Me. Executive produced by Baum and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins, the award-winning series ran for three seasons.

    Mr. Baum also co-created the ABC series The Evidence, which he executive produced along with John Wells Productions.

    Additionally, he has written and executive produced television pilots for Amazon, CBS, and the former WB.

    As a playwright, Mr. Baum has worked with the Old Globe Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

    Mr. Baum is originally from New York City and is a graduate of Harvard College.

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  • Welcome to the VIP Lunch Silent Auction


    Bidding ends 11:00am PT on Monday, August 8, 2016.*

    *Harvardwood members get ONE extra hour of bidding! If you're a dues-current Harvardwood member, you can continue to place bids until 12:00pm PT on August 8th.

    Please review the auction rules and guidelines below before placing any bids.

    By bidding in Harvardwood’s silent auctions, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.

    1. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds. All items are “as is.” Harvardwood has attempted to describe and catalog items correctly, but neither warrants nor represents and in no event shall be responsible for the correctness of descriptions, genuineness, authorship, provenance or condition of the items. No statement made in this catalog, or made orally at the auction or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty, representation, or assumption of liability.
    2. Payment for VIP lunch(es) purchased must be made in full within 48 hours of notification that the bidder has won the item. Harvardwood accepts payment by credit card online.
    3. Following payment(s), you will be put in touch with the VIP's office to schedule the lunch.
    4. Any VIP Lunch left unclaimed, without prior arrangements, will be sold and proceeds will go to Harvardwood. 
    5. Harvardwood reserves the right to add or withdraw items, without notice, to or from the auction.
    6. Each person bidding assumes all risks and hazards related to the auction and items obtained at the auction. Each bidder agrees to hold harmless from any liability arising indirectly from Harvardwood, their elected and appointed officials, members and employees, the auctioneer(s), the auction company and its agents and employees, the event organizers, sponsors, and/or volunteers connected with the auction.
    7. The lunch attendee must be a Harvard student, alum, staff, or faculty member, but is not required to be a Harvardwood member.
    8. A non-Harvard-affiliated individual may place a bid as long as s/he is doing so on behalf of a Harvard-affiliated lunch attendee (see #7 above).
    9. Once the lunch attendee is identified, the lunch is strictly non-transferable.
    10. The lunch is a one-on-one meeting. Winning bidders may not bring additional guests to the VIP lunch.
    11. The bidding period will end at 11:00am PT on August 8, 2016 for non-members, but Harvardwood members can continue to bid until 12:00pm PT on August 8, 2016. The auction will close at 12:00pm on August 8, 2016.

  • followed Digital Staff Editor - LA 2016-04-18 12:32:06 -0700

    Digital Staff Editor - LA

    Company: Entertainment Weekly
    Los Angeles, CA
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: 
    Minimum Education Level:
    Minimum Years of Experience:
    4-5 years

    Job Description: The digital staff editor for Entertainment Weekly will provide daily editorial support across our television, movies, music, and books verticals. A jack-of-all-trades, able to write and report, as well as assign and edit, the digital staff editor will work closely with the West Coast deputy news director on daily content production. The ideal candidate will have expert news judgment and a nose for what clicks online (before it's clicking online for everyone else).

    Time Inc. is one of the largest branded media companies in the world. The company reaches more than 130 million people globally each month across multiple platforms, with influential brands like Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Wallpaper. Time Inc. is home to celebrated events and franchises including the Fortune 500, Time 100, People's Most Beautiful, Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, Essence Festival in New Orleans and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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  • published November 2015 | Alan Yang '02 in Alumni Profiles 2015-10-30 20:48:04 -0700

    November 2015 | Alan Yang '02

    alanhead2.jpgAlan Yang '02 (Writer & Executive Producer, Master of NoneParks & Recreation)

    by Sara Lynne Wright

    Master of None, the upcoming Netflix series co-created by Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, is the most autobiographical show Alan’s ever worked on. “I always wanted to do stories that were universal. So I didn’t want to write a show people could categorize as an Asian show. But I think the lesson you learn over and over again – and I’m not claiming to know anything about writing - is that the universality you’re looking for is in the specificity of your experience.”

    Alan’s refusal to claim he knows anything about writing reads like a joke, but he’s serious. He’s that humble. This humility, along with his evident and uncommon talent, must have helped him work his way up from staff writer to co-executive producer on Parks and Recreation over the seven seasons of the show. Before that he wrote for South Park and Last Call With Carson Daly

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  • Feature your product or service in our 2015 Holiday Silent Auction!

    Become a champion of the Harvard arts, media & entertainment community by donating an item from your business or service in support of Harvardwood's education events, professional programs, and service initiatives. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and auction proceeds will go to the Harvardwood Fund.

    HolidaySilentAuction.jpgAll Harvardwood donors are crucial to aiding Harvardwood in equipping a community of bright and talented artists and art enthusiasts to ultimately serve the world with their talents and resources. Harvardwood donors will receive special recognition on our website, as well as recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. They will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events.

    In addition to getting exposure via our online silent auction, promoted to our 6,000+ members worldwide, this is a great way to promote your product/service to Harvard alums AND Stanford alums, since all auction items will be featured at our jointly hosted holiday party in Los Angeles on December 7th!

    We are currently seeking tax-deductible items valued at $100 or above to be donated for the auction, such as:

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